The Dark Peak, known as the High Peak, was described
by Daniel Defoe as "perhaps the most desolate wild and abandoned
country in all England", its windswept, mist-shrouded and
inhospitable moorland often encompasses large areas of bogland.
The thin soils only support mosses, cotton grass, bilberries
It is a favourite
with walkers on the Pennine Way which meanders north from the
tiny village of Edale, the beginning of Kinder Scout.